Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SMS Popup Source Code Released

So I had planned to clean up the source code for SMS Popup before releasing the source code - however, it seems the cats out of the bag as people are stumbling upon the code already over at

You should be able to download and build the app yourself without much issue. The code is still quite messy and if anyone spots bugs or issues feel free to file them on the code page (or ideally help me fix them hehe).

Hopefully this will help beginner Android developers wrap their head around working with SMS and MMS messages.

Update: I just noticed Mike DG, creator of the dgAlert app in the Market has just switched his app over to the SMS Popup code base.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SMS Popup v0.9.7 and v0.9.8 released

Another update of SMS Popup is now in the Market. Thanks goes out to Diego Fernández for translating the app into Spanish - I'm not actually sure it's possible to switch any Android devices into Spanish locale yet (except the emulator), but once it is possible the translation is already included in the app :)

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SMS Popup v0.9.7 & v0.9.8

  • Fixed crash (force close) when receiving MMS messages without a subject (hopefully)
  • Added an option to show a Delete button on the popup (by popular demand)
  • Spanish localization
Update: v0.9.7 had a minor bug that prevented messages being deleted when using the new delete button - v0.9.8 fixes this (although I suspect it is still broken for deleting MMS messages).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Getting ready to open source my Android apps

I have decided to open source my 2 published Android applications (SMS Popup and Countdown Alarm). Why? Well firstly I'm a big proponent of open source software - but also I have been a little overwhelmed by the number of (good) feature requests for the apps and I honestly just don't have the time to implement all of them myself. So if anyone is interested in helping out, let me know! I'll post again once the code is cleaned up a little and ready to be added to a SVN repository.

I will also be trying to post up a few simple Android development tutorials over the coming weeks - mostly based around my apps. Hopefully this will spur other beginner developers to create some other cool and useful apps for Android.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

SMS Popup reviews, localization/i18n and another new release (v0.9.6)!

First I wanted to give a shoutout to Scott over at AndroidGuys - he published a positive review of SMS Popup last week :) aside from some good press, it also helped me find some people to translate the app into other languages (more on that in a tic).

Another website called AppVee AndroidApps also did a review (including a YouTube video) of SMS Popup:

I'm also pleased to announce that SMS Popup has now been translated into German and Dutch! A very big thanks to Feyyaz (blog) and Melle for helping with this. Hopefully there will be more languages coming soon enough :)

Last but not least, I also posted v0.9.6 of the app out to the Market, no interesting new functionality quite yet unfortunately. I spent a bit of time cleaning up the code so that it will make life easier to add and extend to the app in the future.

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SMS Popup v0.9.6

  • More bug fixes (preventing more force close messages)
  • Better MMS support: an MMS is now treated like a SMS, there is a popup and reminders - at the moment the subject is just displayed with a "View MMS" button (not sure if it will be possible to show the MMS images inside the popup)
  • German and Dutch localizations for those folks in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands - I'm not actually sure I published the app correctly to the Market so I would love to hear from anyone in these countries who successfully got the app and are using the newly localized strings